noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\

Definition of warrior 

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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In the Star Wars expanded universe, Mandalorians are a feared, interstellar warrior people who frequently become mercenaries or bounty hunters. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Lucasfilm releases an image, title, and more for its live-action Star Wars series," 5 Oct. 2018 There have been rumors in recent weeks that the show would be about the warrior culture exemplified by bounty hunters like Jango and Boba Fett. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Jon Favreau’s live action Star Wars show will be called The Mandalorian," 4 Oct. 2018 The official tomb is about a mile away from the warrior site, and writings from that time record it as having mountains of jade and rivers of mercury, atop which the emperor's body could float forevermore. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Noah — a movie too weird and challenging to have ever really become a box-office hit, but that’s beside the point — had been crudely fashioned into a blunt instrument for culture warriors. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The First Man controversy is grounded in partisanship, not patriotism," 13 Sep. 2018 Efforts to redefine Indianness as something glorious—as noble-savage Indian, or eco-warrior Indian—cannot distract from that central dilemma for long. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 Since Mars is the warrior planet, it's associated with penetrative sexuality in astrology. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How Mars Retrograde Will Affect Your Love Life and Career This Summer," 2 July 2018 Greece argued the term ‘‘Macedonia’’ implied territorial claims on its province of the same name, which is the birthplace of the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, and usurped its ancient Greek heritage and history. Elena Becatoros, BostonGlobe.com, "Greek government survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia deal," 16 June 2018 The past few months have been a whirlwind of premieres and press junkets promoting my role as the warrior woman Okoye in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Danai Gurira, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danai Gurira Opens Up About The Dress That Changed Her Life," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər\

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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